Elizabethtown Area High School was one of the last teams to fill a head coaching vacancy for lacrosse. The person they went with has ties to a league rival.
The Elizabethtown school board approved Manheim Township alum Cheyenne Benson as the Bears’ new girls lacrosse varsity head coach on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
She will be among nine new head coaches in L-L boys and girls lacrosse for the 2018 season. Spring practices are already underway, with the first regular season date of games slated for Friday, March 23.
Benson first played lacrosse when growing up in her native New Jersey, but gave it up for soccer when her family moved to Lancaster County this was at a time when girls soccer and lacrosse were both played in the spring season (girls soccer is now a fall sport).
The 2012 Manheim Township grad got back on the lacrosse field at NCAA Division III Lancaster Bible College, where she played two years of soccer and four years of lacrosse.
While pursuing two bachelor’s degrees at LBC in Bible and Physical Education, Benson was a four-year starter for the Chargers’ women’s lacrosse team, serving as the goalkeeper in her freshman and sophomore seasons and at attack/midfield in her junior and senior seasons.
Benson said she’s been involved in coaching in Fellowship of Christian Athletes summer camps and fall teams the last few years.
She will be the fourth Elizabethtown coach since the program’s inception in 2013. The Bears went a combined 17-18 the last two seasons under previous coach Mat Ealy.
“I want our team to have great sportsmanship,” Benson said. “The other thing is team camaraderie so that on the field they work well together.”